Rep. Blunt Rochester Praises House Passage of Her Bipartisan Promoting Resilient Supply Chains Act

WASHINGTON — Today, in an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 390 – 19, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6571, the Promoting Resilient Supply Chains Act, authored by Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) and Rep. Larry Bucshon M.D. (R-Ind.). The bill was considered, and passed, by the House Energy & Commerce Committee by a vote of 44-0. The bipartisan legislation would create a whole-of-government approach to mapping, monitoring, and proactively strengthening American supply chains, bringing manufacturing jobs back home, and lowering costs for American consumers. Earlier this week, Blunt Rochester spoke on the House Floor urging her colleagues to support this legislation. The bill now goes to the Senate where it awaits passage.


Since Rep. Blunt Rochester sponsored this legislation last year, she has continued to build momentum for the need to reinvigorate our supply chains. She has included supply chain legislation in her signature Jobs Agenda, toured the state of Delaware to speak with local unions, small businesses, and companies on this issue, and in March held a roundtable with the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Analysis, Grant T. Harris, and key leaders in Delaware’s life science and business sectors on her supply chain resiliency efforts.


“I am extremely proud that the House overwhelmingly passed the Promoting Resilient Supply Chains Act today,” said Rep. Blunt Rochester, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “Since the COVID-19 pandemic, I have heard from Delawareans up and down our state who have been affected by shortages of goods caused by shocks to our supply chains. This bill is necessary. It will help us mobilize our government to anticipate shocks before they occur and as a result, create good-paying jobs and lower costs for consumers. I am grateful to Rep. Bucshon for his partnership on this effort and look forward to working with my colleagues to get it to President Biden’s desk for signature.”


“Hoosier industries ranging from automotive to drug manufacturing have experienced supply chain bottlenecks and shocks in recent years that have hampered production and negatively impacted consumers. Through mapping and monitoring supply chains throughout the United States, the Promoting Resilient Supply Chains Act will help identify where our vulnerabilities are and how to address them, making our economy more stable and resilient going forward,” said Dr. Bucshon. “Encouraging American manufacturers to diversify their supply inputs so that they aren’t solely reliant on unpredictable and adversarial trading partners, like China, is good policy that will keep the American economy open for business no matter what is happening around the globe.”


“A robust, resilient supply chain is of course vital to our national security and economy – for the members of Delaware Bio it means ensuring their life’s work and significant financial and personal investment ultimately reaches people in need, to help them live healthier, longer and more productive lives,” said Delaware BioScience Association President and CEO Michael Fleming. “We’re pleased to see this important bipartisan legislation advance – it is critical our government organize its supply chain efforts in a way that keeps pace with the dynamic, accelerating demands of life science entrepreneurs, fast-growing companies and cutting-edge researchers.”


“W. L. Gore & Associates congratulates and thanks Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester for all her work in securing passage of the bipartisan ‘Promoting Resilient Supply Chains Act,’” said W.L. Gore & Associates Government Relations Associate Michael Ratchford. “Improving supply chain resiliency by promoting best practices and strategically coordinating federal efforts during times of crises will strengthen the entire domestic supply chain. The provisions of the Act will help alleviate and deter future supply chain disruptions.”


"DuPont supports Congress’ efforts to strengthen America’s supply chain resilience and manufacturing base,” said DuPont Head of Global Government Affairs Shane Warren. “Through our operations across the U.S., DuPont is manufacturing sustainable, innovative technologies for the next generation of semiconductors, the future of electric vehicles, access to clean water and advancements in personal protection. We thank Representative Blunt Rochester for her leadership in this area."


"This bill will strengthen the U.S. supply chain and support the expansion of American manufacturing," said Advanced Materials Technology President Timothy Langlois. “After hosting a roundtable with Congresswoman Blunt Rochester and other local business leaders, it's evident this is a critical piece of legislation and we are grateful for her leadership and bringing it to a vote."


“America's largest manufacturing sector, the consumer-packaged goods industry, applauds House passage of the Promoting Resilient Supply Chains Act,” said Consumer Brands Association Vice President of Campaigns and Special Projects Tom Madrecki. “The legislation, championed by Reps. Larry Bucshon and Lisa Blunt Rochester, will equip the Department of Commerce with the tools it needs to strengthen supply chains, including those for food, beverage, household, and personal care product manufacturers. The Consumer Brands Association encourages the Senate to take up the bipartisan legislation and send it to President Biden for his signature, recognizing the critical role supply chains play for American consumers."


“Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester and Congressman Larry Bucshon’s bipartisan Promoting Resilient Supply Chains Act will help the U.S. achieve trusted, secure, and reliable global supply chains that are essential for protecting national security, promoting economic prosperity, and bolstering innovation,” said Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) President and CEO Jason Oxman. “ITI applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing this crucial bill and urges the U.S. Senate to send the bill to President Biden’s desk as soon as possible.”


“We know that a healthy American manufacturing sector requires robust, sound supply chains, in which labor has a voice,” said United Steelworkers (USW) Legislative Director Roy Houseman. “The Promoting Resilient Supply Chains Act provides labor with a voice as we devise a road map to ensure our nation’s competitiveness. As we look forward to investing in our supply chains, the USW appreciates Rep. Blunt-Rochester’s efforts to position the U.S. government to be shovel-ready.”


“MEMA, The Vehicle Suppliers Association congratulates Representatives Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and Larry Bucshon, M.D. (R-IN) for today’s House passage of the bipartisan ‘Promoting American Supply Chains Act,’” said MEMA, The Vehicle Suppliers Association Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Ann Wilson. “This measure gives the Department of Commerce additional tools to monitor, enhances data collection, and reduce vulnerabilities in critical U.S. manufacturing supply chains.  Future supply chain crises may well be mitigated or even averted by this legislation.  We commend the Energy and Commerce Committee overall for its pathbreaking work on this topic, and hope that the Senate will also pass the measure this year.” 


“NEMA applauds the House for establishing a government-wide effort to improve our nation’s supply chains through the Promoting Resilient Supply Chains Act (H.R. 6571). Collaboration among government, manufacturers, and the electroindustry is critical to ensuring a reliable, resilient supply chain that achieves the shared infrastructure modernization goals of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law,” said Debra Phillips, President and CEO of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association. Failure to solve short- and long-term supply chain challenges will stall the electroindustry’s progress in creating an accessible, electrified transportation system, modernized buildings and lighting, a more resilient grid, and efficient, expanded manufacturing. NEMA looks forward to working with lawmakers on fortifying our nation’s manufacturing base, strengthening supply chain systems, and streamlining regulatory programs to support an electrified, connected, and sustainable future for all American.”


“Supply chain disruptions have a profound effect on SIIA’s members and the countless individuals who rely on their information services,” said Software & Information Industry Association President Chris Mohr. “The geopolitical disruptions have demonstrated the need for the United States to strategically ensure the worldwide resilience and strength of supply chains and sources of critical goods – not only for the United States but for its democratic allies and partners around the world. We applaud Reps. Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and Larry Buchson (R-IN) for their leadership in advancing the Promoting Resilient Supply Chains Act (HR6571) through the House. Creating a dedicated office in the Department of Commerce to lead on critical supply chain issues, foster manufacturing capability and build stronger partnerships with the private sector will strengthen the innovation fabric of the United States, its allies and partners and protect our shared security.  We urge the Senate to act quickly on this important legislation.”


“Support for manufacturing supply chains is needed to increase American competitiveness and national security while reducing emissions,” said Bipartisan Policy Center Action President Michele Stockwell. “We applaud Reps. Larry Bucshon (R-IN) and Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) for their bipartisan leadership on the Promoting Resilient Supply Chains Act, a positive step in bolstering supply chains and interagency coordination.”


“We commend Rep. Blunt Rochester for her leadership on supply chain resiliency legislation,” said Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) President Scott Paul. “AAM agrees that there is an appropriate role for government to provide leadership, coordination, and a supportive policy framework to strengthen our nation’s economic security, which is why we were pleased to testify in support of comprehensive legislation to proactively identify and address future supply chain challenges. We also strongly believe that both industry and labor must have a seat at the table as both can provide valuable insights into supply chain gaps and potential solutions.”


“The United States leads the world in medtech innovation and manufacturing,” said AdvaMed Executive Vice President of Global Strategy and Analysis Ashley Miller. “Resilient supply chains support our ability to serve patients in the United States and around the world. In addition to strategic investments to shore up our domestic industrial base, the U.S. must continue to pursue and enforce market opening trade agreements with partners and allies. Greater market access supports the competitiveness of US companies and provides opportunities for companies to diversify manufacturing locations, enhance upstream suppliers and strengthen regional networks. As U.S. partners and allies forge ahead to deepen trade ties, the US should not miss the opportunity to enforce or expand existing trade agreements, initiate long overdue FTA negotiations with stalwart allies and kickstart initiatives with emerging markets that are eager to partner with the U.S. and become more integrated into global supply chains. As part of this effort, we urge Congress to pass the Promoting Resilient Supply Chains Act which aims to strengthen medical supply chains with key U.S. allies through trade agreements. This legislation would empower the United States to negotiate Trusted Trade Partner Agreements that would reciprocally eliminate trade barriers and harmonize regulations with U.S. allies and trusted partners that meet high standards.”


“I would like to thank Congresswoman Blunt Rochester and Congressman Bucshon on their efforts to address our nation’s supply chain problems,” said Chris Jahn, President & Chief Executive Officer, American Chemistry Council. “We support the goals of this legislation towards a more whole-of-government approach to supply chain issues and bringing more industry voices to help resolve supply chain chokeholds.  For all businesses, it is vital that there is a secure, predictable, and resilient supply chain, and this is particularly true for the business of chemistry.  Our industry plays a central role in many key U.S. supply chains, from using inputs from other industries to create our chemistries, and sending those chemistries to other manufacturers to create the final products we rely on every day.”


The Bipartisan Promoting Resilient Supply Chains Act would: 


  • Make the existing Assistant Secretary of Commerce responsible for leading a whole-of-government supply chain resilience effort.
  • Create a Supply Chain Resiliency and Crisis Response Program that will map, monitor, and model critical supply chains and proactively address supply chain shocks before they occur.
  • Create a coordination group of private sector partners, organized labor, NGOs, key allies and international actors, and relevant Federal agencies.
  • Designate a list of emerging technologies for the program to focus on, including a public and transparent process for designated new technology focus areas for the resiliency program.
  • Develop a national strategy that elevates the issue and creates a national action plan to address supply chain resiliency.
  • Develop best practices to help private and public sector entities address and improve their supply chains.
  • Conduct a capability assessment that would inform the Executive and Congress on the current ability to address supply chains and describe shortfalls for future action.


A fact sheet of the bill can be found here.

Full text of the bill can be found here.



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